Mathieu Debuchy has revealed he woke up yesterday morning assuming he’d remain an Arsenal player for the rest of the season before Bordeaux made a late approach for his services and sealed a deal inside half an hour.
The France international had been linked with Aston Villa, Sunderland and Bayer Leverkusen during the January transfer window and reportedly saw a late approach from Manchester United rebuffed by Arsene Wenger before he completed his exit just three hours before the deadline.
Reflecting on his unexpected return to Ligue 1, the 30-year-old revealed: “It all happened very quickly. When I got up on Monday morning, I didn’t think I was leaving anymore because a lot of doors were shut on me.
“I went to see the coach [Wenger] one last time, I showed him Bordeaux’s offer and after that it was all taken care of in half an hour.
“We all know Bordeaux, the history of the club, all the players who have played here. I’ve played for Lille so I know a little about what it’s like here and I didn’t hesitate.”
Debuchy, who moved to Arsenal 18 months ago from Newcastle, was usurped by Hector Bellerin as Arsenal’s first choice right-back last season and has spent nearly all of this campaign looking pretty miffed on the bench.
Detailing why he was so desperate to move, he continued: “First of all, what I’m expecting is to find joy again, because these last few months I haven’t had much joy as a football player.
“I want to be back on the pitch, to touch the ball again … and further to that I need playing time in order to go to the Euro, which is one of my main objectives.
“If I’d stayed at Arsenal without playing, I don’t think I would have been part of the squad and that’s normal.
“That’s why I came here, to play as much as possible, enjoy myself, give as much as possible to Bordeaux to they can reach their objectives and to play in the Euro in France.”
While Bordeaux don’t have an option to buy Debuchy, it’s pretty clear that his Arsenal career will come to an end when he returns in the summer. Not much has gone his way at the Emirates, so best of luck to him in France.